Unnamed (northeast flank of Sugarloaf Mountain)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Ore minerals chalcocite; secondary copper mineral(s)
Gangue minerals epidote; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-4
Latitude 63.1517
Longitude -145.9099
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Location and accuracy This occurrence is on the northeast flank of Sugarloaf Mountain at an elevation of 4,500 feet. It is in the NE1/4SW1/4 section 30, T. 20 S., R. 10 E., Fairbanks Meridian. It corresponds to locality 3 of Rose (1966 [ADMM GR 19]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This occurrence consists of copper staining and tiny veinlets of chalcocite in float of Nikolai Greenstone of Late Triassic age (Rose, 1966 [ADMM GR 19]). The basalt displays epidote alteration similar to basalt-hosted copper occurrences on Paxson Mountain (Rose and Saunders, 1965). The quartz veins are localized in north-northeast-trending joints that cut across the folded limbs of the Amphitheater syncline. The veins post-date late Jurassic deformation and are probably either Cretaceous related to regional metamorphism and granitic plutonism (Nokleberg and others, 1986) or early Tertiary (Stout, 1976).
Geologic map unit (-145.912143773473, 63.1512778131322)
Mineral deposit model Basaltic Cu (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 23).
Mineral deposit model number 23
Age of mineralization Late Triassic and Cretaceous.
Alteration of deposit The basalt displays epidote alteration; copper minerals are oxidized (Rose, 1966 [ADMM GR 19]).

Production and reserves

Indication of production None

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